James Henry Leigh Hunt, 1784 - 1859
H. Meyer engraving based on drawing by J. Hayter
Born: 19 October 1784, Southgate, Middlesex, England, UK
Died: 28 August 1859, London, England, UK
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- Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles; but the magnifying of the one is like looking through a telescope at heavenly objects; that of the other, like enlarging monsters with a microscope. permalink
- An author is like a baker; it is for him to make the sweets, and others to buy and enjoy them. permalink
The Indicator (31 May 1820)
- Central depth of purple, Leaves more bright than rose, Who shall tell what brightest thought Out of darkness grows? Who, through what funereal pain, Souls to love and peace attain? permalink
"Poppies" in Songs and Chorus of the Flowers
- Colors are the smiles of nature. permalink
- Even in envy may be discerned something of an instinct of justice, something of a wish to see universal fair-play, and things on a level. permalink
The Indicator (13 September 1820)
- Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making. permalink
- For the qualities of sheer wit and humour, Swift had no superior, ancient or modern. permalink
- God made both tears and laughter, and both for kind purposes; for as laughter enables mirth and surprise to breathe freely, so tears enable sorrow to vent itself patiently. Tears hinder sorrow from becoming despair and madness; and laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species. permalink
- Great woman belong to history and to self sacrifice. permalink
- Green little vaulter, in the sunny grass, Catching your heart up at the feel of June, Sole noise that's heard amidst the lazy noon, When ev'n the bees lag at the summoning brass. permalink
To the Grasshopper and the Cricket
- If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating. permalink
- It is books that teach us to refine our pleasures when young, and which, having so taught us, enable us to recall them with satisfaction when old. permalink
- Patience and Gentleness is Power. permalink
"On a Lock of Milton's Hair"
- Poetry, in the most comprehensive application of the term, I take to be the flower of any kind of experience, rooted in truth, and issuing forth into beauty. permalink
The Story of Rimini (1832)
- Rossini, in music, is the genius of sheer animal spirits. It is a species as inferior to that of Mozart, as the cleverness of a smart boy is to that of a man of sentiment; but it is genius nevertheless. permalink
Going to the Play Again (1828)
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